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I was reading an old Popular Hot Rodding from August 1970 and in the Tech Tips section towards the back of the magazine read this:
RARE BIRD
I own a 1965 Chevelle convertible that has to be very rare.It has the 396 engine that was introduced that year.Big port heads aluminum intake Holley carb,and Hydraulic cam.What have I got here?
PHR goes on to tell the guy he has one of 200 Chevelles with a Z16 option.Little do they know this guy owns the only convertible Z16 made!The owners name is Terry Zapolski from Detroit MI.Did they ever find the only Z16 convertible made?Perhaps someone can locate this guy and his mysterious car!That is if he still has it.This is almost 30 years ago.......

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uhh...can you say "lucky guy"? I would love to be him, what if he didn't know what he had, & it ended up...NO! Think positive...lets find that car people & restore it & make a National Chevelle Museum! I'll put in $5 to finding the car.

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Dean,

I have that issue, and read that 10 or more years ago and talked to Meekins at the Chevelle club about it.

I also did a search for "Zapolski" in the Detroit area phone directory and called a few (there's not very many). I talked to a person who was supposed to be a relative of his and I explained that I was looking for a car he used to own... well she wasn't NONE TOO friendly.
I suppose if I was from that area, I TOO might be leary of a weird phone call out of the blue supposedly from Oklahoma.

I went on and widened my search after I first got on the internet a few years ago, and found a T. Zapolski located in Ohio (northern part, Cleveland I think) which ISN'T THAT far from the Detroit area.

I sent a letter hoping to hear back from this person that they, (T. Zapolski) WAS or WASN'T the "TERRY" ZAPOLSKI from the '70 magazine letter... I never heard a word.

Makes you wonder doesn't it???!!!!

Good luck.

Len

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The guy that originally bought that car from GM was a student at GMI and his name was /is Doug Richmond. Doug lived in the Detroit area at that time. He used to take me for rides in the car (I was 13yrs old) because if he didn't I would bug him until he did! I moved to Florida and lost contact with Doug so I don't know what ever happened to him or the car. I have tried to find him by use of the internet but to no avail.

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Tom,I guess your friend Doug sold the car to Terry on or before 1970.....

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Hi everyone. I used to own a 1965 convertible chevelle when I was 16. It was stock with the 283/2 speed powerglide and the bench seat. It got wore out more and set outside for sometime and deteriated more and for rent money I sold it for about 200 or so to someone who wanted the frame for the top. :sad:
I never knew there was a convertible z16.
Thanks for sharing that info. If you guys find out anything else about it let me know.
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wow....bet its worth a couple of dollars!
 

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I was reading an old Popular Hot Rodding from August 1970 and in the Tech Tips section towards the back of the magazine read this:
RARE BIRD
I own a 1965 Chevelle convertible that has to be very rare.It has the 396 engine that was introduced that year.Big port heads aluminum intake Holley carb,and Hydraulic cam.What have I got here?
PHR goes on to tell the guy he has one of 200 Chevelles with a Z16 option.Little do they know this guy owns the only convertible Z16 made!The owners name is Terry Zapolski from Detroit MI.Did they ever find the only Z16 convertible made?Perhaps someone can locate this guy and his mysterious car!That is if he still has it.This is almost 30 years ago.......

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I went to school with Terry and rode in this car. One time we had taken it up to over 160mph while being chased by a truck with a Road Runner engine in it. Terry had the car stolen once and it was found with the top half of the engine taken. He did replace everything and had it on the road again. I remember that is was bright yellow with an all aluminum body and if I remember right the car's weight wasnt more than 2300lbs. I believe he had a 427??? engine in it and a 4 speed muncie trans, I think. It has been over 40 years ago. After High school I lost track of him and the car. I am trying to find him and I came across this so I felt the need to ad what I know. At the time I dont beleive that when he bought it that he paid anything more than $1000. for it. Yeah I also wonder if he only has stored the car what it would be worth today. But back then cars only went DOWN in value and not up. I would dare to say that he did enjoy the car and got quite a bit of use out of it. Beleive me that when he did a hole shot you were pushed back into the back seat. The car really had some power.
Well if anyone finds Terry, tell his Dave is looking for him from Henry Ford calss of 69.
 

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I went to school with Terry and rode in this car. One time we had taken it up to over 160mph while being chased by a truck with a Road Runner engine in it. Terry had the car stolen once and it was found with the top half of the engine taken. He did replace everything and had it on the road again. I remember that is was bright yellow with an all aluminum body and if I remember right the car's weight wasnt more than 2300lbs. I believe he had a 427??? engine in it and a 4 speed muncie trans, I think. It has been over 40 years ago. After High school I lost track of him and the car. I am trying to find him and I came across this so I felt the need to ad what I know. At the time I dont beleive that when he bought it that he paid anything more than $1000. for it. Yeah I also wonder if he only has stored the car what it would be worth today. But back then cars only went DOWN in value and not up. I would dare to say that he did enjoy the car and got quite a bit of use out of it. Beleive me that when he did a hole shot you were pushed back into the back seat. The car really had some power.
Well if anyone finds Terry, tell his Dave is looking for him from Henry Ford calss of 69.

Oh also it is was 1968 or 1969 that I believe he bought the car because we graduated from High school in 1969. I went into the service after that and we lost touch. I believe that he bought it from some guy that lived in Northen oakland county. I remember that he had told me at the time that there may have been 1 hard top and 1 convertible that was ever made. And he got the convertible.
 

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The hard top went across last night 1/22/11 on Barrett-Jackson: This is the info I coped from there site

Ultra rare real RPO Z16 Malibu SS 396/375hp engine, one of 201 produced and only approximately 74 still exist. This car is listed in the Z16 Registry as the 3rd car made

This 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Z16 is one of 201 produced and one of approximately 74 that still exist today. This special model was only available in red, black and yellow. This Z16 is listed in the Z16 Registry as the 3rd car produced including the prototype. It is also the first red on red Z16. It was sold new at Rydell Chevrolet in Grand Forks, ND and has not left the state of MN since new. It has had 5 owners, all of whom can be accounted for. The car retains its original trim tag and all of its unique Z16 only features. The car retains its original sheet metal except for the rear quarter panels which were cut for larger tires early on in the cars life. Factory options include Z16 performance package, 396/375hp engine, M20 4-speed transmission, 12-bolt 3.31 gear rear end, power brakes, power steering, AM/FM hi-fi stereo with multiplex 4 speaker, dash mounted clock, bucket seats with console, deluxe front and rear seat belts, driver side remote mirror, 160mph speedometer with tachometer and gauges.

SOLD

$140,000.00


http://www.barrett-jackson.com/appl...on/lotdetails.aspx?aid=403&ln=1265&pop=0&it=1



 
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